Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Monday, December 6, 2021

Relive the magic that has been going through downtown Temple every Christmas for over 70 years! The City of Temple 75th Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for  Monday,  December 6, 2021 at 6:30 pm. Join us for one of the largest lighted Christmas parades in Texas and help welcome Santa Claus to Downtown Temple!

The theme this year is “The Magic of a Traditional Christmas”.  Let’s brighten the night and everyone’s spirits as we celebrate the past, present, and future of this tradition in a safe and beautiful way!

PARADE ROUTE: The parade starts at the intersection of E. Adams Avenue and N. 8th Street, proceeds west along Adams Avenue, in front of the Municipal Building, all the way to North 23rd Street and then turns north and disbands at Temple High School. Total distance is 1.4 miles.

PARKING: Guests may park on the side streets and walk to Adams Ave. or park in several of the public parking lots located along Adams Avenue. The municipal parking at City Hall will also be available for parking and handicap parking. When determining the best parade viewing location, it is recommended to park your car and walk to your chosen viewing area from the same side of Adams Avenue in which you will be sitting.

Parade spectators are encouraged to line the route with their lawn chairs to watch the procession as educational, social, civic and business organizations as well as residents all join together to celebrate the holidays.

Parade officials anticipate the parade to last approximately one and a half hours. The streets will reopen immediately following the parade.

Schedule of Activities:
4:00 pm – 6th and 8th Streets closed for parade entries

4:30 pm – Come early to get a great seat in the bleachers in front of City Hall, visit the local shops for some early Christmas shopping, or enjoy a leisurely meal in any of our Downtown restaurants.
5:45 pm– No traffic allowed down Adams Avenue
6:15 pm- Mayor Tim Davis will light the Municipal Building's holiday decorations and the City's Christmas tree located in the municipal parking lot of City Hall (2 N. Main Street).
6:30 pm – Parade begins featuring over 100 illuminated entries.
                    Entries featuring community groups and supporters from around Temple.
                    Local personalities from around Central Texas on our announcer stands!
7:20 pm– Santa begins his trip down the parade route on a specially designed float.

Schedule of Activities

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